Harrogate Town 3-0 Hyde: Five things we learned...

Simon Weaver has plenty of options across his team (Photo: Craig Hurle)
Simon Weaver has plenty of options across his team (Photo: Craig Hurle)

Harrogate Town breezed past lower league Hyde United in their first outing on the new 3G at the CNG Stadium on Saturday

Trialist Jordan Robertson scored two goals either side of one from Dominic Knowles as Town maintained their winning start to pre-season.

Lloyd Allinson has impressed twice on trial and could be a useful replacement should Peter Crook leave (Photo: Craig Hurle)

Lloyd Allinson has impressed twice on trial and could be a useful replacement should Peter Crook leave (Photo: Craig Hurle)

But who stood out, and what should we be expecting from Simon Weaver's side this season/ Hal Boxhall Dockree explores what was found out from the clash...

3G MAKES FOR SLICK FOOTBALL
If Saturday afternoon is anything to go by, some smooth passing football is going to be played on The CNG’s new 3G pitch this season. Town’s third goal of the game included intricate, one touch passing in the final third allowing Jordan Robertson to finish, and Town fans will be hoping there is plenty more where that came from!

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HOTSHOT ROBERTSON IMPRESSES AGAIN
The trialist striker netted on his first appearance in a Town shirt on Tuesday and added two more fine finishes against Hyde. If the former Southampton centre forward can maintain his promising pre-season form he will prove a welcome addition to Simon Weaver’s attacking options.

Dom Knowles scored the second goal (Photo: Craig Hurle)

Dom Knowles scored the second goal (Photo: Craig Hurle)

STRENGTH IN DEPTH IN KEY AREAS
Weaver has plenty of options to choose from down the spine of the team with Robertson, Chib Chilaka, JP Pittman and Dominic Knowles up top, while at the back Captain Danny Ellis, Luke Shiels and new signing Simon Ainge look more than capable of holding down a starting place. It is the centre of midfield where Town’s boss has the most options though, with Warren Burrell, Lloyd Kerry, Tom Platt and Andi Thanoj impressing so far.

ANDI HANDY ACROSS MIDFIELD
Andi Thanoj. a summer signing at The CNG, showed on Saturday he is capable of operating ‘in the hole’ behind the two strikers as well as the deepest point of midfield where he was deployed at Knaresborough. The former Alfreton man also looks set to take up set piece duties in the absence of Brendan Daniels after testing the Hyde ‘keeper from dead balls on numerous occasions.

ALLINSON ASSURED BETWEEN STICKS
With Town’s regular stopper Peter Crook on trial with Premier League side Burnley, and interest in the young ‘keeper thought to be high, Weaver has wasted no time in searching for a new number one and may have found just the man in trialist Lloyd Allinson. The ex-Huddersfield Town man looked assured during a 45-minute run out at Manse Lane and for the duration of the Hyde match, with his commanding of the area particularly impressive.